|Birth: ||May 14, 1845|
|Death: ||Dec. 9, 1868|
Charles E. Goddard
Residence Winona MN; 16 years old.
Enlisted on 4/29/1861 as a Private.
On 4/29/1861 he mustered into "K" Co. MN 1st Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 5/5/1864
He was listed as: Wounded 7/2/1863 Gettysburg, PA
Charles E Goddard was born in Pennsylvania on May 14, 1846.
Charlie wanted to go to war so badly, that he lied about his age and claimed to be 18. The minimum age for enlistment was 18, if you did not have a parent's permission, 17, if you did.
When he enlisted he definitely did not have his mother's permission and he was actually 15. His mother, Catharine Goddard, worried about him and encouraged him to desert but he did not heed her plea. He stayed with the First Minnesota and went off to war.
At the battle of Gettysburg, he was wounded in his left shoulder and his left thigh, during the regiment's heroic charge on July 2, 1863. After the battle he was treated by the army surgeons and sent to a hospital to recover. The wound in his thigh was was so near the main artery that too much exertion might cause it to bleed and if he was a way from the hospital he might bleed to death. While in the hospital in Philadelphia, his mother came to visit him. She was accompanied by a Mrs Ely, also of Winona, who came to visit her wounded son, Charles Ely, who also served in Company K.
Goddard recovered and returned to the regiment. His wound, however, never did heal properly. He hung in there and served his full three year enlistment, being mustered out on May 5, 1864.
Besides the pain of the physical wounds he received at Gettysburg, while still just a teenager, he apparently also suffered from the mental trauma of the war.
He moved from job to job, as stated previously. He ran for county clerk and won, perhaps based on his war record. Before he could serve, however, he died of consumption. This was, undoubtably, as a result of his wounds, perhaps compounded by the mental stress he never overcame. He fought a losing battle with consumption (tuberculosis).
The worn out Civil War veteran died at the young age of 23, on December 9, 1868.
Abner Smith Goddard (1808 - 1852)
Catharine McLure Fruit Smith (1812 - 1888)
Charles E. Goddard (1845 - 1868)
Orrin Fruit Smith (1854 - 1939)**
Created by: Bev
Record added: Sep 02, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15589682
Happy Veterans day Charley.|
Added: Nov. 11, 2013
i have just finished reading Soldiers Heart by Gary Paulsen, and i feel a connection with Charley. Its so sad that he had to go through all that at my age. He did great in battle and served his coutry.|
Added: Mar. 6, 2013
Thank you for your service.|
Added: Feb. 25, 2013
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